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The 7 - Pro Wrestling - Eddie Guerrero - Natural Causes
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#1 Posted on 8.12.05 1708.14
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Original article (pwbts.com)

Coroner: WWE Wrestler Died Of Natural Causes
(AP) Minneapolis A professional wrestler whose body was found in a Minneapolis hotel room died of natural causes related to heart disease, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Thursday.

Eddie Guerrero, 38, was a World Wrestling Entertainment star. His body was found on the morning of Nov. 13, after he didn't respond to a wakeup call in his hotel room.

The county medical examiner's office said Thursday that Guerrero died "of natural causes related to arteriosclerotic heart disease," which is another term for coronary heart disease, or a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart.

The coroner's report did not speculate as to what may have led to Guerrero's heart disease.
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#2 Posted on 8.12.05 2126.30
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    The coroner's report did not speculate as to what may have led to Guerrero's heart disease.


Unnatural causes.

    Originally posted by Meltzer
    Cited on the death certificate, which was not signed at the end of business today, listed as significant contributing causes of death were a history of anabolic steroid usage and recent narcotics (prescription painkiller) usage."


    Originally posted by AP
    Guerrero also had an enlarged heart and other enlarged organs related to a history of anabolic steroid use, said Dr. Kathryn Berg, the assistant chief medical examiner in Hennepin County who conducted the autopsy.


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#3 Posted on 8.12.05 2140.38
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    Originally posted by JustinShapiro

      The coroner's report did not speculate as to what may have led to Guerrero's heart disease.


    Unnatural causes.

      Originally posted by Meltzer
      Cited on the death certificate, which was not signed at the end of business today, listed as significant contributing causes of death were a history of anabolic steroid usage and recent narcotics (prescription painkiller) usage."


      Originally posted by AP
      Guerrero also had an enlarged heart and other enlarged organs related to a history of anabolic steroid use, said Dr. Kathryn Berg, the assistant chief medical examiner in Hennepin County who conducted the autopsy.


    (edited by JustinShapiro on 8.12.05 2234)


Justin: Are you trying to tell me that (suspected) steroid use, repeated drug & alcohol abuse, and a line of work that demands that folks spend over 300 days a year on the road could possibly be bad for somebody's health?
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#4 Posted on 8.12.05 2201.07
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Of course not. Eddie just worked out like crazy all the time. It made his heart grow bigger and work harder and the vessels were getting smaller.


For all 13 tiny-font pages of Dave's amazing obituary for Eddie in this week's Observer, I thought this was one of the most significant parts:

    Originally posted by Dave in the 12/5 Observer
    In May 2004, Eddie was badly weakened by the blood loss in his match with JBL, or so people thought. In reality, his body had broken down, between 17 years of good-to-great performances and never fully recovering from an auto accident that should've killed him. He went to a doctor at about this time, who told him that he had never seen someone with damage to his back at this level unless they were in their 70s or 80s. He was told in no uncertain terms to retire.

    Guerrero told the doctor that he couldn't do so, as he had finally put it together and was on the cusp of what would be the most financially successful years he would have in the business. The fact was, he couldn't afford to, as he was still just digging himself out of his previous financial problems. The uncertainty hit him bad. He had three kids he had to provide for. He basically had never done anything else in his adult life. And he knew his wrestling career was on borrowed time. While his confidence as an all-around performer was good, the one thing he never had to worry about from the start of his career was his wrestling.

    I remember writing at the time how badly banged up his body is, and he was in far worse shape than fans realized. There was talk of trying to protect him by giving him an easier schedule, and he did get time off every few weeks at that point but never got the official easier schedule. I noted how it was harder for him because he couldn't take pain pills to get by. Friends of his alerted me that there was no way he could perform on that schedule with the shape his body was in without them. His friends knew to watch him, to make sure his usage was moderate.

    Recently, he saw a chiropractor who told him that his body was so thrashed that he didn't know how he could even walk. Yet he still went out there, did the frog splash every night, and wrestled.


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#5 Posted on 12.12.05 1123.42
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So it's pretty much what everyone expected. Still sad news. And while I wish I could say "I expect the new drug policy to prevent things like this," my inner skeptic says it probably won't work.
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